Blue notes

For many jazz and blues fans, hearing New Orleans singer and piano man Dr John was a highlight of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

Good gate and super ride help four-year-old finally greet judge

Sunny Sky finally got the single figure draw that he needed to break through for his maiden win in the Class Five opener. Sunny Sky (Darren Beadman) had come out of gates 10 and 11 in two runs at Happy Valley, but had not been far away. Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing said the four-year-old had the draw and ride he wanted this time.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The fit lady sings

The music press call Katherine Jenkins a classical music superstar - a term that, a couple of decades ago, they would have said was an oxymoron. She's performed in front of Pope John Paul II and Britain's Queen Elizabeth, and sung alongside the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Since Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning success with River: The Joni Letters, a trend has emerged among jazz artists of covering Joni Mitchell tunes. This fashion was anticipated by Jazz Folk, who play the University of Hong Kong's Loke Yew Hall on Thursday as part of the 2009 HKU Concert Series.

29 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Walter Becker

Walter Becker

Circus Money


Fourteen years is a long time between albums and, as Walter Becker himself puts it, 'a unique career strategy', but that's how long it has been since his last solo outing, 11 Tracks of Whack.

27 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

New kids on the block

Vega, a classical pop crossover group, breathes new life into the music scene

2 May 2008 - 12:00am

Keyed up

Joanna MacGregor can still recall the many conversations she had with music company executives during the mid-1990s.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Liu shines in a stellar collection

Elaine Liu's album Stay in My Heart took longer to make than most. Six years after its first sessions, the album's out now on Nectar Records, and those who have enjoyed Liu's performances with the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra and her more intimate duets with pianist Ted Lo and guitarist Guy Le Claire will find new facets to her talent here.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Buy a Lotus Elise R (HK$649,000) or any of three Exige S demonstrator cars (from HK$765,000) this month, or while stocks last, and Richburg Motors will fly you to the British marque's Hethel factory, says the dealer's spokesman, Fai Tsang.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Modern classics

When it comes to the performing arts - no matter pop or classical - the look is essential. Imagine if Vanessa Mae's debut album The Violin Player featured a cover image of the violinist in a suit instead of a sexy wet dress.

Would it have grabbed the attention of casual listeners and generated as much hype surrounding the 'classical crossover' genre?

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Another reason not to bother leaving the couch

It must be a sign of impending middle age that LoDown enjoys nothing more than a cold beer in front of the TV each night and can't remember the last time he set foot in a disco or a club.

29 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Court backs denial of licence to 'drug disco'

The Licensing Authority was correct to take police concerns about drug-taking and other illegal activity into account when it refused a licence to one of Hong Kong's biggest discos, a court ruled yesterday.

21 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

DJ Joel Lai's Top 10 compilations

1. My Baby Just Cares For Me, by Nina Simone

'The queen of soul made this tune as a classic of classics.'

2. Love Theme, by Barry White

'Very original, very rare and beautiful atmosphere. Highest respect to this greatest soul master!'

3. All Because Of You, by Leroy Huston

'This track always gets me on the dance floor.'

10 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Steely Dan

Steely Dan

Everything Must Go


A fair number of familiar elements are immediately recognisable on Everything Must Go, but as with most Steely Dan albums the music takes time to grow on you.

10 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Joni Mitchell



Joni Mitchell is nothing if not unpredictable. From her early days in the 1960s as a singer-songwriter, she has tried everything from pop to jazz to African rhythms. In the 21st century, she has shifted direction again, this time to the orchestral, judging from 2000's Both Sides Now and Travelogue, her latest, and perhaps last, album.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am